This is a  staff list for Discovery Ranch in Mapleton, UT

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Discovery Ranch.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Discovery Ranch, you have the right to take action.

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Discovery Ranch, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

 

Please donít place your loved one in Discovery Ranch and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Clinton Dorny Executive Director Siblings work at other residential programs.  Dorny is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Craig Smith Clinical Director HEAL requires Craig Smith's full name (first, middle, and last) in order to check professional licensure or lack thereof.
Leslie Giles Residential Director Giles has worked in the industry for over 20 years.  Giles is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Victoria Fielding Academic Director BYU graduate.  HEAL is in the process of determining whether or not Fielding is a licensed educator in Utah.  We will post the information as soon as it is available.
Marlene Kendall Admissions Kendall is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Wendy Smith Office Manager HEAL did not check Smith's licensure as the title of Office Manager typically does not suggest a requirement of professional licensure.
Matt Child Therapist Child is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dave Blackwell Therapist Blackwell formerly worked for other unnamed facilities and has been in the industry since 1992.  Blackwell formerly worked for confirmedly abusive Provo Canyon School.  The founder of the Discovery Academy and Discovery Ranch programs is Eugene Thorne, one of the founders of notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  David H. Blackwell (may be a different person) is a licensed substance abuse counselor since 1998 and licensed professional counselor since 2000 in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lynn Nelson Therapist Lynn Ray Nelson (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since January, 1910.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Wendy Turnbow Therapist Formerly with confirmedly abusive Provo Canyon School.  Wendy Sue Turnbow is a licensed psychologist and has been since 1995 in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Bob Trevenen Therapist Joined Discovery in 2006.  Formerly worked for Provo House of Hope.  Tevenen no longer appears to work at this program.  Trevenen is a certified social worker in Utah and has been only since February, 2012.  Trevenen is also a licensed substance abuse counselor and has been since 2001.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Terri Miller Boys Program Supervisor Works on the "Forget About Me" program within Discovery.   Miller is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brock Burrows Girls Program Supervisor Student at BYU.  Burrows appears to no longer work at this program.  Burrows is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Derry Brinley Psychiatrist Brinley is an "Osteopathic Physician" and has been since 1994.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html.  The information below regarding Osteopathy does not sound like psychiatry or specializing in psychiatry to HEAL.  Source of information below: http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/treatment/Pages/default.aspx

"Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance."

Jo Crawford (female) Nurse Formerly worked at other unnamed facilities.*  There is a Jolene (NOT Jo) Crawford that is a licensed practical nurse in Utah and has been since 2003.  This may be a different person.  And, if so, Jo Crawford is not a licensed nurse in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jerry Christensen Exper. Director Christensen is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jake Thorson Coordinator Thorson formerly worked at other unnamed wilderness and residential programs.*  Thorson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jennifer Charrier Admissions Charrier is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jessica Pettersson Office Manager HEAL does not typically perform background checks/credential checks on clerical personnel as such positions do not typically entail working with or providing direct support to clients.
Dan Miner Calf Program Manager/Mentor Miner is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Thomas Holmes Research Coordinator HEAL requires Holmes full name (first, middle, and last) in order to verify whether Holmes holds any professional licenses in UT.
Ray Orbin Therapist Ray Leon Orbin (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in UT and has been since 1998.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jeanette Brown Therapist Jeanette Brown is a licensed clinical social worker in UT and has been since 2001.  She also holds a Substance Abuse Disorder license and has held that since 1998.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kip Rasmussen Therapist Kipling Steele Rasmussen (may be a different person) is license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in UT and has been since November, 1999.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
William Perry Garso Therapist Garso is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and has been since April, 2013.  He earned his MS at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Tim Lowe Therapist Timothy Allen Lowe (may be a different person) hold two professional licenses in Utah.  Timothy Allen Lowe is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since July, 1997 and a licensed Substance Use Disorder Therapist since December, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Shelly Thomas N. Program Coord. Thomas holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Thomas is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Fred Passi Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Amy Poole Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Rachel Benson Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Lindsey Cracroft Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
AdriAnne Davis Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Nicole Holley Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Robert Hoopes Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Keli Huber Teacher Huber is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Bethany Lott Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Melissa Mitchell Teacher HEAL has contacted the Utah Office of Education and is awaiting response regarding educator licenses for this facility.
Michelle Esplin Nurse Esplin is a licensed nurse and has only been licensed since January, 2014.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jerry Christensen Horse Professional Christensen holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Christensen is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Megan Stotts Rope Course Megan Anne Stotts (may be a different person) is a licensed Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in Utah and has been since October, 2013.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Elicia Schwendiman Ropes Coordinator Elicia Dooley Schwendiman (may be a different person) is a licensed Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in Utah and has been since January, 2014.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dane Kay Board of Directors Kay holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Kay is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html   In addition, Kay comes from the Kay Family involved with WWASPS family of fraudulent and abusive programs.
Jim Salisbury Board of Directors
Name: JAMES E SALISBURY
City, State, Zip, Country: SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84147, UNITED STATES
Profession: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
License Type: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
License Number: 117446-3902
Obtained By: UNKNOWN
License Status: DENIED
Original Issue Date:
Expiration Date:
Agency and Disciplinary Action*: NONE
Docket Number: N/A


Salisbury has been denied licensure in Utah.  This is a huge red flag!  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Steve Petersen Board of Directors Petersen holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Petersen is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Scott Petersen Board of Directors HEAL requires Petersen's full name (including first, middle, and last) and/or license number in order to verify whether Petersen holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Steve Nadauld Board of Directors Nadauld holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Nadauld is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Brent Hall Board of Directors Hall formerly worked for notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  Graduate of BYU (birthplace of abusive outdoor/wilderness model).  Brent Charles Hall (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2004.  Brent Charles Hall earned his degrees at Southern Utah University and University of Utah.  So, it may be a different person as Brent Hall of Discovery Academy claims to be a graduate of BYU and this conflicts with the licensing information.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
OTHER OTHER Discovery Academy is associated with the following programs by ownership:

RedCliff Ascent (Confirmedly Abusive)

Discovery Academy (Confirmedly Abusive)

Oxbow Academy

Medicine Wheel

*(Discovery Ranch, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

Discovery Ranch & Discovery Academy use the same Positive Control Systems methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.
HEAL has received the police call dispatch log regarding Discovery Ranch.  Please click here to review those calls.

 

 Last Updated: April 1st, 2015

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